Hey everyone! After a fairly mediocre Worlds performance, I’m back and ready to focus my energy on a strong 2017-2018 season. I started off swinging with a League Cup win in my very first attempt, and then added 30 more points with a Top 256 finish in Fort Wayne. I piloted an Espeon list for both tournaments that was very similar to mine and Xander’s Worlds list which, Christopher featured in his latest article. The deck was incredibly strong in my expected metagame, but I underestimated the amount of Golisopod that would be played in Fort Wayne, as well as overestimating the matchup without a copy of Flareon AOR.
Since then, I’ve been diving right into Standard. This new format has reinvigorated my drive to break the metagame wide open in a way that other formats haven’t. The set of top decks has been quickly defined, but also very narrowly defined given the seemingly large card pool that we have to work with. The emergence of Gardevoir as BDIF candidate at this early state opens the door for counter decks to be successful, even though it seems really oppressive and nearly unstoppable. Players have been lamenting this format after a single weekend of League Cup results, but I think it’ll turn out to be pretty dynamic. And if this is coming from me, a typical skeptic of new formats, there’s probably some truth to that.
For today, I’m going to discuss the Volcanion list I played at a League Cup and some improvements we can make to it. From there I’ll talk about my thoughts on the format as a whole and end with a few concepts that I want to try out in the future. Let’s go.
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